Patient Safety

Patient Safety

Patient- and family-centered care can be defined as health care that establishes a partnership among practitioners, patients and their families, ensuring that care delivery respects patients’ wants, needs and preferences and providing patients with the education and support they need to make decisions and participate in their own care. Patient- and family-centered care is associated with improved clinical outcomes, increased market share and patient loyalty, increased patient safety, and higher employee satisfaction.

Standardized Overhead/Emergency Codes

Lessons learned from recent disasters show that the resources and talent of our health care system may have to be shared, and staff could potentially be sent to other communities and regions of the nation. As these people move from facility to facility, codes that trigger emergency protective and response steps should be standardized to help insure quick action. Our goal is to have standardized overhead/emergency codes in all Kansas community hospitals. For more information, Contact Jeanie Clerico. A toolkit is available, and the following resources also can be customized: 

Color-Coded Wristband Standardization

KHA member hospitals adopted a wristband standardization program which uses three specific colors on patient wrist bands to identify a patient’s care status. The colors were chosen based on a nationwide initiative to standardize patient wrist bands and include the use of yellow for fall risk, red for allergy and purple for "Do Not Resuscitate." This initiative also allows hospitals the option to use two additional colors - pink for limited extremity and green for latex allergy. For a CD of the KHA Wristband Standardization Toolkit, contact Deborah Stern or use an order form.

Infection Prevention: Hand Hygiene CD Available

The Quality and Patient Safety Technical Advisory Group, working together with infection control professionals across the state, has developed the Kansas Hospital Association Infection Prevention: Hand Hygiene Tools and Resources manual for use by our member hospitals. The goal of the manual (now available in a CD version) is to promote the use of best practices concerning hand hygiene and infection prevention. This comprehensive resource contain sample policies and procedures, brochures, posters, definitions, information on specific organisms and guidelines from national infection prevention and reduction organizations. Most of the materials on the CD can be customized for individual hospitals. If you have any questions, or would like a CD sent to you, contact Deborah Stern or Cindy Samuelson.

Patient Safety-related Links and Downloads:

Questions regarding patient safety issues can be addressed to Deborah Stern via e-mail, or by calling the KHA office at (785) 233-7436.

For more information on this meeting, contact Tish Hollingsworth or Dee Lewis at (785) 233-7436.
The Recovery Audit Contractors have made short-stay inpatient admissions a major issue by challenging significant numbers of cases. Hospitals have, in turn, appealed many of these cases which have caused a significant backlog of cases at the appeals level.
For more information regarding this event, contact Michele Clark at or (785) 235-0763.
The Kansas Hospital Association in cooperation with the Wisconsin Hospital Association is a hosting a four-part webinar series to help hospitals prepare. Hospital coders, coding supervisors and managers, and internal ICD-10 team leaders and members are encouraged to participate in this series as a team.
Join the Kansas Healthcare Communicators Society on Oct. 29, 2014 for their fall education conference. Download the brochure today for more information. Contact Jan Fenwick at (785) 233-7436 or for more info.